Abideen Olaiya an associate professor of crop ecophysiology and a gubernatorial aspirant of Accord, said he is seeking to govern the state because of the deficit in good goverance. Remarking that if the state had been well governed by successive administrators, he would have been comfortable as a teacher, he said he is a little comfortable when it comes to the basic necessities of life, however lack of good governance made him feel responsible to intervene in the governance of the state.
Abideen Olaiya who said this yesterday in Ibadan while interacting with Sunrisebulletin.com, noted that Oyo state has suffered a lot from lack of good governance that has affected virtually all sectors of the state.
He said the present government has neglected education, stressing that this has greatly affected the pacesetter status of Oyo state with regards to education in Nigeria, quoting a South Africa philosopher, who said ” to destroy a nation you don’t need a missile, just destroy it’s educational system” the gubernatorial aspirants remarked that the foundation of of education in Oyo state has been greatly eroded, he said when he assumed office in 2019, he will prioritize education in order to restore its lost glory in the state.
Olaiya who is the former principal research officer and program leader farming system research at the cocoa research institute of Nigeria, told Sunrisebulletin.com that he will be looking to improve agriculture in the state through four drivers of agricultural revolution, which are research into inventions, Mechanisation, improvement on the value chain, and biotechnology or agricultural intensification. He said that through these drivers He will be able to influence greatly agricultural proficiency in Oyo state when elected into office.
On the chances of Accord in the coming elections the former president of the Muslim community in described his party as the third force, remarking that the people are feed up with the APC and PDP and are now looking towards Accord for direction and leadership.
On the effect of the exit of Senator Rashidi Ladoja and Former National leader of the party, he said that the departure of the former governor from the party will not affect the fortunes of the party in anyway. Stressing that the former governor has contested twice in the party and lost, meaning that his exit will not impact the party in anyway, the the indicator of winning is not his presence or otherwise. He said further that the era of godfatherism has gone, and Accord has rebranded.
reacting to his chances of emerging as Accord flag bearer, Olaiya described himself as the most experienced and active politician in Accord aspiring to be its gubernatorial candidate, he also said his interest in politics has been about the welfare of the people and he is good at human and resource manager, he also noted that he at the moment is the only aspirant one who has indicated interest in contesting for the governorship position on the platform of the party.